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Fig Jam a.k.a Fuck I’m good, Just ask me!

2010 April 7
by Reemski

Do you know figs are my favourite fruit? This wasn’t always the case. In the past I would have said mango, or maybe when I was a child, watermelon. But as a grown up? Figs. Notice, they’re up on my banner…

Anyway, myself and @flavourfirst were lucky enough to receive 4 kgs of jamming figs, a mix of White (Adriatic), Black (Genoa) and Brown (Turkish) from our friends Katie and Beau of Farmgate, just outside Orange (you can catch them at Marrickville Markets on a Sunday, and other locations, check at the bottom of this post)…and our mission, should we choose to accept it, was to make jam…masses of fig jam!!!!

Now, I was super excited by being confronted with this beauteous bounty of figgy fabulousness…and was about to start washing them when @flavourfirst stopped me, pointing out that the temperatures that these little precious figs would get to would kill anything dodgy..so I got to chopping.

preparing figs for jam

figs in pot

Excuse me while I stuff my gob with that delicious fruit. Do you think it tastes better cause I know how, where and who grew it? I reckon so.

essential ingredients

So we decided to try two different formulations as we had two separate pots…the first was a classic from the Silver Spoon cookbook, which was just sugar, water and a stick of cinnamon. The other pot we thought we’d try something a bit more daring: from Thomas Keller’s Ad Hoc at Home A concoction of balsamic and black pepper and sugar.

fig jam bubbling away

The differences in the jams was fascinating to watch. The one with the balsamic vinegar needed a hit of pectin to firm up, as any longer and it would have been ruined, while with the plain one we worried that there was too much water. We also slightly burnt it. Yay for burnt fig jam! Next: does anyone want to volunteer to make some burnt fig jam, caramel and honeycomb icecream à la Maggie Beer?

It was almost ready to bottle. We chucked the bottles and the lids in the dishwasher on the hottest cycle then left them to air dry. To test the jam we chucked some plates in the freezer then dolloped on the jam and let it sit, then swiped a finger through to check consistency. Once we were convinced (and tired of slaving over a hot stove) we got to bottling.

Surprisingly, I haven’t cracked one open yet, as I’m scared if I do I won’t stop eating it!!! So far the feedback from the various taste testers has been fabulous. Roll on next fig season!!!


The Farmgate & Nashdale Fruit Company are at the following markets:

Penrith Farmers and Fine Food Market
First Saturday of the month
Near Joan Sutherland Performing Art Centre. High St Penrith. Kicks off at 8am and finishes at 1pm

Castle Hill Farmers and Fine Food Market
Second Saturday of the month
Castle Hill Showground Castle Hill, enter via Carrington Road

Glenbrook Rotary Markets
Third Saturday of the month
Glenbrook Infants School, Ross Street, Glenbrook

Manly Famers Market
Every Saturday

Marrickville Organic Food and Farmers Market
Every Sunday
Addison Road Community Centre, 142 Addison Road, Marrickville

Windsor Mall Market
Every Sunday
George St Mall, Windsor

Cronulla Markets
Second and Fourth Sundays
In the grounds of Cronulla High School, corner Captain Cook Drive & Elouera Road, Cronulla

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  1. April 7, 2010

    that’s freaky timing. i just tried some homemade fig and almond jam at work today which someone brought in. was really yummy. had citrus rind in it too and bit like marmalade. :-)
    .-= Simon Food Favourites´s last blog ..Scores on doors: New Food Ratings for Restaurants and Cafes (7 April 2010) =-.

  2. April 8, 2010

    I love figs so much! :)
    .-= Diana´s last blog ..A whole lotta food. And other stuff. =-.

  3. April 8, 2010

    AN ENTIRE BOX OF FIGS. A BOX! You see, if someone presented me with that there would be no jam, just me in a quiet corner steadfastly eating my way through the entire lot. In one sitting.
    .-= kim at allconsuming´s last blog ..Leaving the house. A case study =-.

  4. April 8, 2010

    I made fig jam from 4kg of figs. Free since they came from my mom’s garden. It’s seriously good! LOVE FIG JAM!
    .-= Anh´s last blog ..A little hiccup. Be back soon. =-.

  5. April 8, 2010

    OH YUM! My next door neighbour has a fig tree and usually drops of a bag of figs for us each season. So fig jam makes an appearance at our household each year too!! Doesn’t last very long though :)
    .-= Lisa´s last blog ..Pumpkin’ lovin’ =-.

  6. April 8, 2010

    Looks absolutely gorgeous and delicious Reem! I used figs recently in a “pavlova makeover”. I would love to make ice cream…count me in!
    .-= Peter G @ Souvlaki For The Soul´s last blog ..“Ladenia”-with Heirloom Tomatoes =-.

  7. April 8, 2010

    Absolutely fig-tastic! Looks so good I am surprised you haven’t cracked one open yet.

    You MUST try and make icecream, I am sure it would give Maggie a run for her money!

    I also love good fig jam smeared on a cracker with really gooey ripe brie.

    Oh dear, now I am hungry :)
    .-= Joanne @ secondhelping´s last blog ..I’ve had a makeover! =-.

  8. April 8, 2010

    @Joanne Oooh, yes, cheese and figs..my mate Tim at @Urbanfoodmarket made a dressing with the black pepper and balsamic for his duck last night….

  9. April 8, 2010

    Ooh I love figs as well, especially on pizza with some feta cheese yummo. I tried making fig jam last year, however the results didn’t turn out as expected, it was tasteless. Ooh I would like to volunteer to make the burnt fig jam and honeycomb ice cream. I’ve had Maggie Beer’s version a couple of months ago, and actually really ejoyed it.

  10. April 8, 2010

    Oh my gosh, those huge pots of fig jam bubbling away are making me extremely jealous! I don’t blame you for not cracking them open yet, I would probably be eating it straight out of the jar with a spoon :) Mmm and I hope someone does make the ice cream!
    .-= Steph´s last blog ..Fish Tank Cake =-.

  11. April 8, 2010

    Oh yes figs are awesome! Hehe so tell me how many did you eat while slicing? :P My ratio would have been 1 for the jam 1 for me…
    .-= Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella´s last blog ..Pop Up Laneway Dinner, The Ivy, Sydney CBD =-.

  12. April 8, 2010

    Figs, mangoes and watermelons are my favourite fruits. In that order. Scary.
    .-= Kat (Spatula, Spoon and Saturday)´s last blog ..Sweet Corn and Rice Pudding =-.

  13. April 8, 2010

    Ok. I have figs in the fridge. Making them this weekend. MUST.
    .-= penny aka jeroxie´s last blog ..Meatless Day Challenge #15 – Cherry tomatoes frittata =-.

  14. April 8, 2010

    Omg, figs are amazing. I’m going to have to try my hand at making some jam after seeing this post

  15. April 8, 2010

    I can confirm that you are indeed fucking good! I am so impressed!!! If I was around I totes would have been crashing that party. The two batches look AMAZING. It’s also true that Katie and Beau’s Farmgate deliciousness is second to none. PS Eat some woman!!!!
    .-= felixexplody´s last blog ..This little piggy went to market… =-.

  16. April 9, 2010

    Give me a jar of each, and I will turn them both into icecreams for you.
    .-= Jess´s last blog ..Oyster Masterclass at Cumulus Inc. MFWF =-.

  17. April 9, 2010

    We have 2 fig trees, but no-one in this house will eat fig jam!
    Instead, this year, I made Gingered Figs and they are simply blissful!!
    .-= Amanda´s last blog ..Meet Stanley … =-.

  18. April 10, 2010

    Looks totally fab! Did any manage to make it into ice-cream as well?
    .-= Y´s last blog ..Persimmon, cinnamon and yogurt brioche tart =-.

  19. April 12, 2010

    omg i would cry out with joy if i could get my hands on so many figs! I usually squeal with excitement when i see them in supermarkets for $2 for 3 which is the cheapest fig prices i see then ill let my wallet bleed to death.
    .-= sugarpuffi´s last blog ..Navigator Brasserie – Rhodes =-.

  20. April 16, 2010

    Oh dear god that looks amazing!

    I don’t have any restraint when it comes to fresh figs, so I don’t bother making fig jam as I know I would most likely eat 90% of the figs, before I had a chance to turn them into jam!

    Could you spare a jar or two?

  21. April 17, 2010

    Wow you sure do like your figs! Its funny, I can’t stand them, I love all fruits except for figs and persimmons. Both taste like dirt to me. My mom hates all fruit except figs and persimmons, we are very different.
    .-= Valen´s last blog ..Peanut Butter Pie =-.

  22. April 20, 2010

    Ha! I’m the same as Nanette, I don’t think figs at my place would last til the jam making stage! Have you made the ice-cream yet?
    .-= Jen´s last blog ..Claypots Seafood Bar =-.

  23. June 1, 2010

    Wow you sure do like your figs! Its funny, I can’t stand them, I love all fruits except for figs and persimmons. Both taste like dirt to me. My mom hates all fruit except figs and persimmons, we are very different.
    .-= Valen´s last blog ..Peanut Butter Pie =-.

  24. Sean permalink
    March 17, 2013

    You mention that the heat will kill anything on the figs, so no need to wash them. I just want to point out that live contaminants are not the only reason to wash food, and in fact water won’t remove or kill most bacteria anyway. The reason to wash is to remove poisons – these are usually not de-natured by heat.

    Wash your fruit & veg – it’s not a guarantee, but it helps get rid of things you dont want in your body.

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